Although having no remorse for supporting Barack Obama, Camille Paglia still manages to confess her “dismay bordering on horror at the amateurism of the White House apparatus for domestic policy“:
There is plenty of blame to go around. Obama’s aggressive endorsement of a healthcare plan that does not even exist yet, except in five competing, fluctuating drafts, makes Washington seem like Cloud Cuckoo Land. The president is promoting the most colossal, brazen bait-and-switch operation since the Bush administration snookered the country into invading Iraq with apocalyptic visions of mushroom clouds over American cities.
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I just don’t get it. Why the insane rush to pass a bill, any bill, in three weeks? And why such an abject failure by the Obama administration to present the issues to the public in a rational, detailed, informational way? The U.S. is gigantic; many of our states are bigger than whole European nations. The bureaucracy required to institute and manage a nationalized health system here would be Byzantine beyond belief and would vampirically absorb whatever savings Obama thinks could be made. And the transition period would be a nightmare of red tape and mammoth screw-ups, which we can ill afford with a faltering economy.
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Blaming obstructionist Republicans is nonsensical because Democrats control all three branches of government. It isn’t conservative rumors or lies that are stopping healthcare legislation; it’s the justifiable alarm of an electorate that has been cut out of the loop and is watching its representatives construct a tangled labyrinth for others but not for themselves.
In her post where she also skewers House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Paglia offers little love for the GOP. As with anything by Paglia just read the whole thing.
She gets at the essence of the opposition. With the Administration handling this in a ham-handed, haphazard manner, people fear they are being left out of an overhaul of a sector of society with which they are, by and large, satisfied. Not just that, this reform is coming from a man, who as presidential candidate promised a new era of transparency, but is relying on back room deals and lobbyist support to craft the health care reform bill.
Paglia is right (and wise) to note that no final bill exists. If Obama wishes to be true to the platform on which he ran, he will request that Congress recess once the final bill has been drafted and posted on the internet. He would ask each Representative and Senator to hold townhall meetings advertised at least two weeks in advance to all their constituents. In short, they wouldn’t vote on final passage until they’ve discussed the bill with the people they were elected to serve.
Yes, this will take a bit of time, but it is a major industry overhaul with far-reaching consequences.